We are a brainy bunch. That can explain why our brain is the largest brain of all vertebrates relative to body size. And this brain-body size proportion is the reason why our species were able to stay put on this planet. Although our brains are not fully functional at the time of the birth, it grows and matures over the years through various activities and functions we perform. This complex structured brain cannot thrive in conditions where it is in stagnation. On that note, let us talk about one of our recent unavoidable necessities and timepass- Spending time on digital screens.
What do digital screens do to your child?
Digital screens are everywhere and easily accessible. From TV screens to smartwatches, Screens are in all places imaginable. And sadly, it is as easy for a child to access it as it would be for an adult. During the developmental stages, growth occurs through interactions with the world. Screens are one-way mediums, and the children using them are mere spectators. That leaves no space for interaction or communication, thus stunting their essential skills.
Nowadays, screens are a solution for boredom, even in kids. Parents introduce children to Screens to excuse themselves from the tantrums. We are visual beings, and screens are good enough to capture fully grown adults, so imagine what it can do to kids. A recent study has published that with the pervasive nature of media in multiple domains, kids are now spending more than 7 hours per day on average using televisions, computers, phones, and other electronic devices for entertainment.
The brain is a meaning-making machine; it learns through seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling. Did you know that we use more brainpower when we are asleep than watching TV or a movie? Therefore, it is up to the parents or caregivers to feed the child’s brain with the experiences that will help them to grow optimally. The adverse effects of prolonged screen time every day can result in a decreased attention span. It makes children almost eight times more likely to meet ADHD or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder criteria than children who spent 30 minutes or less per day on the devices.
How to regulate screen time for your child?
Set an example:
Children are most likely to imitate what they see; if you are reading a book or spending time in the park, they will want to do so.
Create technology-free time and space in your house:
Try to schedule specific times as Tech-free and restrict gadgets in certain parts of the house. For example- No devices or TV in the bedroom. In that way, the child can use those times and spaces to engage in more meaningful activities.
Explain why you are limiting screen time:
If your actions involve children, they must know the reason for the change. So let them know why their unlimited Screen time has gone down to a prescribed Screen time now.
Bring ROYBI into their lives:
With the bilingual toy robot, children do not run out of things to do. They are engaged and enriched with information that they do not go looking for other gadgets again.